Annual University Celebration

Annual University Celebration

Every year the University of Southern Denmark celebrates its foundation with an annual celebration.

The Annual University Celebration is held on the last Friday in October and the next celebration takes place on Friday 30 October 2020. 

The Annual University Celebration consists of an opening ceremony in the university’s auditorium 45 at Campusvej and an evening event on the entire university.


The celebration begins with an opening ceremony consisting of speeches by the Vice-Chancellor and a student representative, after which there is a celebration lecture. This is followed by the awarding of doctorates and honorary doctorates and by the presentation of the prize for research dissemination, the teaching award, the innovation award and the honorary alumnus award. This entire section of the evening is interspersed with musical contributions.

Party on campus

Once the official business is over, the celebration extends to include the entire university on Campusvej, with guests, staff and students sitting down to enjoy the celebration dinner. Yet more students will arrive during the course of the evening, as various bands take the stage. In all, more than 4,000 people attend SDU's  largest celebration.

Attendance to the annual celebration is restricted to invited guests, staff and students at the University of Southern Denmark.